(Im)Moral Technology? Thought Experiments and the Future of ‘Mind Control’
In their article, Savulescu, Douglas, and Persson defend the ethical propriety of enhancing moral capacity and technologically manipulating human morality (i.e., moral technology; hereafter referred to as “MT”). This commentary offers critical analysis of the debate on how MT has affected human freedom and autonomy with reference to the concept of ‘the self.’ They suggest that, if one agreed that MT violates human freedom or autonomy to some extent, then it would be constructive to consider what has justified the use of MT. As in the setting of public health practice, restraints on individual autonomy and freedom might be accepted in the pursuit of social benefit. Thus, the ethical propriety of MT should be considered from the perspectives similar to those of public health practice.
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